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As the site of many battles for control of the area, Annapolis Royal was one of the most fought over pieces of land in North America, changing in and out of French hands many times in the 17th and 18th centuries before finally being granted to the British. Before reverting back to British control, the French called this town Port Royal and it served as the capital of Acadia for almost 150 years until the city of Halifax was founded in 1749.
Tourism is significant to the economy of Annapolis Royal. The town has the largest registered historic district in Canada with four national historic sites within its boundaries. Added to this are numerous Victorian homes and buildings housing both business and private residences.
The Annapolis Valley and Fundy Shore region is ideal for RV road tripping. Many campgrounds are dotted around the region, some close to Annapolis Royal and others with spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy.
Looking for some of the freshest scallops around? – you might just find them in Annapolis Royal!